Youth Thrive™, a national initiative of the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), is a research-informed framework based on positive youth development, resilience, neuroscience, stress and impact of trauma on brain development to improve the well-being outcomes for all youth, with a focus on youth in, or transitioning from, foster care. The Youth Thrive™ framework focuses on five protective and promotive factors, identified by CSSP, that increase the likelihood that adolescents can develop into healthy, thriving adults. The protective and promotive factors are: Youth Resilience, Social Connections, Knowledge of Adolescent Development, Concrete Support in Times of Need, and Cognitive and Social-Emotional Competence. Youth Thrive™ is not a specific program or intervention, rather it is an approach that is relevant to everyone who works with young people.

In 2016 Nebraska Children entered into an agreement with CSSP to become a Youth ThriveTM learning community.  The focus on Youth ThriveTM arose in youth serving collaborations and was further solidified when our statewide Connected Youth Initiative work group reached consensus that Youth ThriveTM was the most relevant and meaningful framework from which to develop both practice and outcome evaluation. This grass roots focus will embed theory in all aspects of youth work and assure sustainability of practice and outcomes.



Option 1:   February 22 - 24.   Wednesday and Thursday is 9 am - 5 pm, and Friday is 9 am - noon.  This training is located at the Nonprofit Hub - 211 N. 14th St.


Option 2:
  April 19 - 21. Wednesday and Thursday is 9 am - 5 pm, and Friday is 9 am - noon.  This training is located at UNL County Extension Office - 444 Cherrycreek Rd.




Shelley Stoltenberg has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Minnesota State University Moorhead and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Academic Advising from Kansas State University.  Shelley works at Southeast Community College as an Outreach Success Coach.  In this role she supports students who experience barriers to successful college completion.  Through this position she collaborates with local agencies to support Foster Youth access and thrive in college.

Lindsey Drake began working at The HUB in 2007. My current role is the Central Access Navigator. In this role, I work with youth who are aging out of foster care and helping them with resources they want and need. I facilitate The HUB’s H2O program with the parenting classes at Northeast and Bryan High Schools. I work with youth in our Project HIRE program on helping them become employable in the community. I also work with youth, who need assistance with accessing community services, such as housing, DHHS benefits etc. I spent 3 years working at Lincoln High School as part of the High School Graduation Initiative. I am a member of Leadership Lincoln 30, the Homeless Coalition and Teammates. I was born and raised right here in Lincoln, NE. I am currently finishing my bachelors in Psychology.  When I am not working or going to school, I am spending time with my 3 children.

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